The Chicago Bears decided to take a flier on former Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Santonio Holmes by signing him to an unspecified contract a few days ago, and we now have the details of the deal. Holmes was never expected to receive more than a low-risk, veteran minimum deal due to his character concerns, severe lack of consistency with the New York Jets, injury issues, and his long wait on the free agent market. Therefore, it’s not surprising to hear ESPN’s Field Yates report that Holmes will be getting a one-year deal worth $855,000, with none of that veteran minimum contract being guaranteed.
It’s a nice little move made by aggressive and savvy Bears GM Phil Emery, who could be getting a good No. 3 receiver behind the superstar duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. It will be interesting to see what kind of role Holmes plays once second-year breakout candidate Marquess Wilson returns from his injury, but Wilson likely won’t return until at least Week 10.
Holmes has plenty of talent and upside in the Bears high-powered offense, as the likes of Marshall, Jeffery, and TE Martellus Bennett are all above him in the pecking order and will command attention (put RB Matt Forte on that list as well). He’ll be a nice piece of the puzzle if he can get his head on straight and stay healthy, and I think he understands that this is a golden opportunity. Holmes is 30, so he still has plenty left in the tank if he can be consistent and largely avoid the injury report. I love it when teams make these kinds of moves, as the Bears literally have nothing to lose here.